Thermofluids Analyst

Job Ref: 3222873CB | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

About Rocket Lab
Rocket Lab is the global leader in small satellite launch. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. There are endless possibilities for what we can achieve with better access to space, and that access is now a reality thanks to Rocket Lab. Our team is 500 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action-oriented.
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About the role
Rocket Lab’s analysis team contributes to the development of Electron by using modelling and simulation to solve challenging problems involving structures, fluid flow, and thermodynamics.

Whether it is using FEA to optimise the mass of a composite structure, CFD to predict the aerodynamic forces and heating on the vehicle during ascent, or data analysis to demonstrate vehicle performance, analysis is critical to the development of a robust launch vehicle.
As a Thermofluids Analyst in Rocket Lab’s Analysis team you will contribute to the analysis, design validation, and future improvements of subsystems on the Electron launch vehicle. Day to day, you will be expected to process flight data to determine the environments experienced by vehicle components, demonstrate positive margins against these environments through detailed analysis, and set the requirements to validate this analysis through test.
Essential skills
  • A degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar field
  • Strong understanding of physical principles (heat transfer, electronics, mechanics of materials etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience with one or more industry standard CFD packages: Fluent, CFX, STAR-CCM+
  • Experience in object-orientated Python packages: numpy, pandas, scipy, matplotlib
  • Experience with experimental test methods, sensor selection and data-processing/interpretation (thermocouples, pressure, transducers, accelerometers, strain gauges, microphones etc.)
  • Familiarity using Solidsworks CAD and PDM packages (or comparable industry standard packages) with emphasis on model interrogation and defeaturing for subsequent analyses
  • The ability to work to deadlines within a high-pressure environment
  • Proven communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships with colleagues and engineering professionals
Desirable skills
  • Experience with dynamic thermofluid systems:
    • o Buffeting
    • o Propellant Dynamics (slosh, flow instabilities, Pogo)
  • Experience with one or more industry standard thermal modelling packages: Thermal Desktop, THERMICA, NX SST
  • Familiarity with industry standards (Eg. MIL-STD-1540, GSFC – STD – 7000, ECSS-E-HB-32, NASA – STD – 5001)
Important Information
For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant.  These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States' International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality.  For more information on these Regulations, click here

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